In a meeting of Union Cabinet and the Economic Affairs Committee (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a crucial decision has been taken which approved the ‘Teaching-Learning and Results for States (STARS)’ program under the National Education Policy (NEP).
What is STARS Program
World Bank in the month of June this year, approved $500 million ‘Teaching-Learning and Result for States’ (STARS) program to enhance the quality, standard and governance of school education in six Indian states. These states include Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Rajasthan. The program will benefit around 250 million students of the age bracket of 6 to 17 years in 1.5 million schools and quite 10 million teachers. Indian government has approved the implementation of STARS project with a complete cost of Rs 5718 crore ($500 million) with the financial support of the World Bank. Department of School Education and Literacy under Ministry of Education (MoE) will be the implementing agency for this project.
Benefits under STARS project
Reforms under ‘Teaching-Learning and Result for States’ (STARS) program are as follows:
- The STARS project will give the primary attention to the direct delivery of educational services at the state, district and sub-district levels by providing enhanced local level solutions for the betterment of school education.
- The program will equip the teachers to manage this transformation to realise better learning outcomes by skill-based trainings.
- It will address the concerns and requirements of the stakeholders especially parents, to inculcate better accountability and inclusion by producing better data to assess the quality of learning.
- It also gives special attention to students from vulnerable sections.
- It strengthens foundational learning in schools for children in class one to three by preparing them with the cognitive, socio-behavioural and language skills to satisfy the longer term labour market needs. So this program also takes care of the investment in human capital.
- It also helps in improvement of assessment systems, facilitating school to figure out the transition.
- It strengthens the classroom instructions and also, decentralizes the management which would lead to strengthening the governance.
In other words, the STARS program will help in strengthening public school education in India as well as to fulfil India’s commitment for providing ‘Education for all’.